Steven Wilson - To The Bone (english version)
4.8TOP 2017

Straight to the Bone! Since the time that Steven Wilson revises its scales and classics by remixing the great classics of 70′-80′, it had to happen. And after two albums mostly inspired by the golden age of symphonic prog-rock, the desire of variations seemed the most attractive option. Its fifth solo opus will be a clear tribute to the shiny, refined and adventurous pop-prog of the eighties: Tears For Fears, Talk Talk, Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush and others find themselves in the viewfinder of a songwriter who leaves nothing to chance by supporting Paul Stacey (The Lemon Trees, The Syn, Oasis).


An atmospheric album, stormy and luminous at the same time like a perfectly balanced musical oxymore, To the Bone plunges into the essence of Steven Wilson’s music. To the marrow.


More personal and introspective than its previous productions, we find here the stage group with Craig Blundell and Dave Kilminster (in place of Marco Minnemann and Guthrie Govan), not to mention Nick Beggs and Adam Holzman. What a solid band! And if he wished to be more present on the guitar parts, it’s to mark the meaning of the purpose, a balance of the world and the paranoid vision that it imposes. This gives some unpleasant themes (terrorism, fundamentalism, refugees) but also some light escapades as rarely heard in its great discography. These variations are precisely what makes all the salt of this album. Where some atmospheres may once seem too icy, To the Bone plays the superposition of tastes and textures. The effect may seem disarticulated with a lack of coherence, but it seizes us and never tiring.

Nothing lends itself to ease or even complacency. It would be a lure to think that Steven Wilson is only looking for a hit that would make him cross the last stage to a “rock star” status. Even since its recent signature with the label Caroline (Universal). But the good fairy of success has not metamorphosed our friend. In its most pop accents, Wilson still distills its universe, does not allow himself to be devoured by the predictable nor the boring. Even the festive funk of “Permanating” testifies of its capacity of “composer chameleon” illustrated by the original cover designed by Lasse Hoile. More than a new demonstration of its qualities, Steven Wilson gives free rein to its talents as a melodist of peers and pours into the sensitive (“Blank Tapes“, cool and acoustic), the incandescent groove (“To the Bone“) with some winks for Peter Gabriel (“Song of I” and “Refuge” which gives a passage inspired by “San Jacinto“), the Porcupine Tree of Lightbulb Sun era (“People Who Eat Darkness“) and even its own last album Hand.Cannot.Erase (“Detonation“). The duo with Ninet Tayeb (“Pariah“) is equally eloquent of its progress in singing (“The Same Asylum as Before“).

Some people will consider this album as an ideal and over-vitamin version of Blackfield. This is not completely false. By playing the electric and acoustic moods (orchestra, chorale and even harmonica) and by giving birth in the pain of this hour of music more than ever to the conquest of extended territories, Steven Wilson will give the impression of a lack of ambition, of an artistic leveling downwards. It would be a mistake. By being able to combine the essential with a form of simplicity in false semblance (the disc is full of sonic subtleties) the composer communicates with the evil being of a world in decrepitude. Far from making it a depressive album, it infuses To the Bone with a vitality such that this mixture of blackness and euphoria feels like a form of relief in a mixture of lively feelings, somewhat naive turbulences that lead us to treasures of happy sophistication. For short, To the Bone imposes itself as a pure burst of life.


Steven Wilson - To the Bone (2017)

Title: To the Bone
Artist: Steven Wilson

Release date: 2017
Country: Angleterre
Lenght: 59’46
Label : Caroline


. To The Bone (6:41)
2. Nowhere Now (4:03)
3. Pariah (4:46)
4. The Same Asylum As Before (5:14)
5. Refuge (6:43)
6. Permanating (3:34)
7. Blank Tapes (2:08)
8. People Who Eat Darkness (6:02)
9. Song Of I (5:21)
10. Detonation (9:19)
11. Song Of Unborn (5:55)


– Steven Wilson / vocals, guitars

– Ninet Tayeb / vocals
– David Kollar / guitars
– Mark Feltham / harmonica
– Craig Blundell / drums
– Jeremy Stacey / drums

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Cyrille Delanlssays

Fondateur du site AmarokProg en 2003, beaucoup d'eau a coulé sous les ponts depuis. Passionné de cinéma(s) et de musique(s), ce qui devrait surprendre toute la communauté, mézigue met à profit ces petites lubies dans son cadre professionnel ce qui ne manque ni de sel, ni de poivre (tout comme ses cheveux diront les moins obséquieux). What else?

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